On Thursday 7 December, 2017, ALIA Board members made the following statement regarding the passing of the Same Sex Marriage Bill.
Freedom of Access to Information and Resources
We’re campaigning for a fair, open, democratic society where information can be accessed by everyone.
FAIR is lobbying on a number of issues which affect Australia's library and information sector including copyright law reform, cybersafety and the problems with internet filtering, digitising our nation’s history, encouraging children to read, evidence-based decisions in law, health and business, evidence-based policy making, learning at any age, qualified library staff in schools, supporting Australia's book industry and well funded public libraries.
ALIA NGAC Member Evanthia Samaras recently wrote an article examining the responsiblity of librarians to act as allies and fight discrimination faced by patrons.
As Australia waits on the High Court determination on the legal validity of the same-sex marriage postal plebicite, and tens of thousands of people have attended rallies across the country, ALIA Director Lyndall Ley Osborne has these words of support.
The New Generation Advisory Committee (NGAC), fulfilling their role as a bridge between the new generation of library professionals, have started the ball rolling on a very topical and important issue— the Same-Sex Marriage plebiscite.
By now you're in deep planning mode for your Cooking for Copyright morning or afternoon tea to be held on Monday, 31 July.
To help publicise your event, we have two useful resources:
Date for Diaries - Monday 31 July 2017
Have a celebratory morning or afternoon tea to celebrate the passing of the The Copyright Amendment (Disability Access and Other Measures) Bill.
We want you to celebrate these important copyright reforms because FAIR supporters and Members of the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) efforts to lobby our politicians has led to real change.
FAIR and the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) welcomes the introduction of important copyright reforms and is delighted that our supporters' efforts to lobby has led to real change.
The Copyright Amendment (Disability Access and Other Measures) Bill was today passed in Parliament and it includes a number of important and overdue amendments that will dramatically free up how Australians can access and use copyright material.